So yesterday in Merredin, we awoke to a beautiful bright, blue sky day. We had a leisurely breakfast, packed up and departed the park around 10am. We were very impressed with all the facilities and staff at Merredin Tourist Park and would highly recommend staying there if in the area.
We headed off towards Kalgoorlie but it wasn’t long before we got stuck behind a couple of slow moving wide loads. Coincidentally they turned out to be the same vehicles as the ones we saw in Meckering the day before. They pulled over to let everyone pass. Sadly, just near Moorine Rocks, we came across the two trucks that had crashed head on in the early hours. Police were still on scene and traffic was filtered through via a contra flow. A stark reminder to drive carefully.
We stopped for a picnic lunch at a roadside rest area in Boorabbin National Park. While there we looked at the memorial to the three truck drivers killed in a bushfire in 2007.
Finally at approx 4pm we arrived in Kalgoorlie and checked into the Discovery Holiday Park in Burt Street. Ben had a room to himself and we had a powered site. After unhitching we made our way into town and ended up having dinner at the Albion Hotel. Yummy food at great prices and fantastic staff. Another establishment we would thoroughly recommend. After dinner we drove up to the viewing platform overlooking Kalgoorlie’s Super Pit, one of the largest open-cut mines on earth and the biggest gold mine in Australia.
Today, Thursday, we went back to the viewing platform to see the pit in daylight and witness one of the blasts take place. An incredible sight! We then went to Hannans North Tourist Mine, one of the first registered mines in Kalgoorlie. Look at the pics to see what we got up to.
Tomorrow we have an early start as we head to our first stop across the Nullarbor – Cocklebiddy!